Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Christmas Card & A Wish

Hello Friends!  I did it, I finally made a Christmas card! (Actually I made two identical cards, so that makes it two right? :)  I know for fellow card makers it might be hard to believe that while I've made thousands of cards for OWH I typically send very few cards myself. (Changing that is on my 2015 'to-do list'). The one exception is two cards I make for my aunts each Christmas.  I'm sharing it as my 'virtual card' for all of you. 

This is created with a very old, long-retired Stampin Up stamp. The gold heat embossing makes it hard to read in the photo but I love it's timeless message...

May the spirit of Love, The Beauty of Hope
and the Blessings of Peace be your
gift this Christmas Season


The gold border paper is actually created with gold foil gift wrap. Metallic papers are always hard to find and pricey when you do. The trick I've discovered is using a full-page, heavy weight label stock (like this). I peel and stick the entire label down to a piece of the wrap carefully to avoid air pockets and smoothing it out. It adds just enough body to the wrapping paper to make it easy to cut and even dry emboss.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Looking Ahead

Hello Friends! I hope that you're enjoying the holiday season wherever you are be it sunny and warm or snowy white. 

I know to some it may seem early with Christmas not yet past us and by no means do I want to rush them... I love the holiday season, but I have to admit that come mid-December I almost always find myself thinking ahead to the new year. I'm not the kind of person who makes a huge list of resolutions but I like the chance to reflect on what I'd like to do with the gift of a new year. Among the things that have already been rolling around in my head is how much I miss crafting and blogging regularly. I think I need to find a way to fit it back into my routine in 2015. 

Stamps - Everyday Button Bits by Papertrey Ink • Scallop Die - Blueprints  by My Favorite Things
Flower Embellishments - StampinUp 

My card is not a winter or Christmas theme. (Yup, I kinda missed the winter/Chritsmas theme window for OWH this year. I'll be back to share at least one Christmas card design with you soon!) This is a card a made a few weeks ago. The cute little flowers from Stampin Up are sweet but too thick and lumpy to let this get through the mail in  a regular envelope so this is definitely not heading to OWH but will sit in my stash to accompany a package or be given in person.

Happy Crafting!
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Let's turn Black Friday into Red Friday OWH Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home Red Friday Bloghop! I'm honored to be included in such a distinguished group of truly amazing and accomplished designers.

If you’ve gotten here without starting at the beginning, you’ll want to click HERE and start from the top. We’re turning “Black Friday” into “Red Friday” by supporting our nation’s heroes!

Operation Write Home is a charity that sends blank handmade cards to service members deployed overseas. They’ve sent nearly 3 million cards! That’s a lot of letters and love heading home to those who are keeping the home fires burning. 


I challenged myself to create a card that a lady hero might send to her sweet guy.
This fabulous stamp is from 'Lovey- Dovey Sentiments' by My Favorite Things. Background papers were in my 12x12 collection, most likely from Michael's or JoAnn's.

November through February are the slowest months for OWH, and that’s something we as crafters can do something about! We all have a handful of cards in our stash — we don’t even need to take a break from our holiday preparations to just write Operation Write Home on the back and send them in, right? That’ll keep our heroes busy writing home during a long winter away from home.

Be sure to read the information on the Stars and Stamps post so you send in what’s needed (no Christmas cards, no glitter, A2, etc) - and make a hero’s day by giving them a beautiful creation to write home on!

What’s a bloghop without prizes? See the Stars and Stamps post for the full list of goodies by the bloghop sponsors - and go link up YOUR love card there, too! There are prizes for both those who comment on the blogs as well as folks who share their own creation!

The next stop on the hop is….


Sharon Harnist, The CLASSroom



Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Grateful

Hello Friends! It's amazing to think that Thanksgiving is here again and while it's good to take the time to reflect throughout the year, whether that's your nature or not I think it's almost impossible not to stop at least briefly at this time of year to do just that.
A 'Gratitude' Themed Card Made for a Swap
Button Punch - Martha Stewart ~ Sentiment - Stampin Up Retired


Like every one before it this year has been filled with it's ups and downs for me (and probably you too) and while it's true the 'downs' on never fun without them how would we recognize the 'ups'? I won't venture into making a list here, instead I'll just say that I have a lot to be grateful for, including those 'downs'.

As you take time out this week (I hope that you do), whether you're traveling or staying put I hope that you'll find lots to be grateful for and I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Crafting!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

So many stamps...

Hello Friends! I have a card share today that I made with an stamp that is old... 'as old as the hills' as the saying goes. It's a long retired Stampin Up design that hasn't seen the light of day in a looooong time. So long that it's like having new stamps when you discover them again. LOL  I know that at least some if not most of you can relate to this. :)




I have a lot of stamps. I haven't counted but they fill 100+ DVD cases (not CD, the bigger 7"x5" DVD cases) and there's a box (or two) beyond that. All told I'm sure it's thousands, so even when I was at my most prolific crafting phase (of making 200-300 cards a month in the early Cards for Heroes/OWH days) there were many stamps that seldom saw the light of day. 

In the early days of my stamping I had a hard time parting with any of my 'stuff'. As years have gone by though I've found myself 'cleaning house' from time to time, and have on several occasions parted with those stamps that no longer hold any appeal to me. How about you? Do you still have every stamp you ever bought? To you enjoy coming across stamps in your collection so old that they're new again?

Happy Crafting!
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